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The Aviator

In an epic fashion, almost a large as the legend himself, The Aviator examines the life of the enigmatic Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his passion for airplanes. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 170
Theater Release: 16 Dec 2004
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do you think many of the people associated with Howard continued to be loyal to him despite his increasingly erratic and sometimes abusive treatment of them?

How did his mother’s concerns when he was a child and the early death of his parents contribute to his personality? Do you think his later behaviors are also a direct result of those influences?

Wealth can be used many different ways. How wise do you think Howard was with his money? Did he always use it appropriately? What would you do if you were suddenly given a large inheritance?

For more information on Hughes’ incredible crash, go to: http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/XF-11_crash_site.htm

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